Bioinformatics is a blend of biology, computer science, and mathematics. The graduate certificate program in bioinformatics at University of Maryland Global Campus can help prepare you to become a qualified bioinformatics professional for public or private-sector organizations. You'll gain cutting-edge knowledge, and you'll also develop experience in the field, which can give you an advantage in the job market.

The bioinformatics curriculum covers a broad range of subjects at the interface of molecular biology and computational science. You'll gain real-world experience through interactions with biotechnology companies and learn from case studies of companies tackling real challenges.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Code in Perl and Java
  • Analyze big data, next-generation sequencing data, and scientific data
  • Perform sequence alignments and phylogenetic analyses
  • Use biostatistics, databases and data structures, algorithms, and mathematical modeling

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Align and analyze DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, then perform phylogenetic analyses on them
  • Write computer scripts in Perl to automate complex tasks and analyze biological data  
  • Work on a team for a sponsoring organization to tackle a real project

Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 15

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
  • BIOT 630
  • BIFS 613
  • BIFS 614
  • BIFS 617
  • DBST 651

Overall Certificate Requirements

Review the overall graduate certificate requirements on the certificates overview webpage.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for high-demand work in bioinformatics science in a corporate, government, and/or academic environment.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have a background in biology, molecular biology, mathematics, and/or computer science as well as statistics and computer programming.